The Tama County Historical & Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Museum in Toledo. Michael Zahs, from the speaker's bureau of Humanities Iowa, will give the evening's presentation entitled "Iowa History in a Cloth Bag".
The public is invited to attend this free program as he explains the importance of cloth bags during the Depression era.
Zahs grew up on a century farm near Haskins in Washington County, Iowa. He attended a one-room school, and earned both bachelor and master Degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. He then taught Junior High science and Iowa History for nearly 40 years. Zahs is very involved in historic preservation, log buildings and cemetery work, besides local and state history. Marketing to women was a revolutionary idea but it helped Iowans survive the Great Depression and the shortages brought on by World War II.
Flour sacks, seed sacks, and feed sacks will tell the story from relief work by Herbert Hoover to quilts and clothes in the 1950's.
The program will be followed by a social hour with light refreshments.
Humanities Iowa is a private, non-state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities, such as this.